Beer Name: Accumulation

Brewery: New Belgium, Fort Collins, CO

Purchase Place: NA, tis a gift.

Style: IPA

Ale or Lager: Ale


IBU: 55

Color:   Gold, straw yellow

BJCP Ref: 21A American IPA

Head Retention: Decent

Aroma: Hoppy, lemon, grassy

Strongest Flavor: Hops/citrus

Finish: Creamy, with a hint of lemon, and strong hop presence.

Temperature: 37*

Likes: Color

Dislikes: Aroma, flavor, lack of head power

Environment: This clearly screams PNW type of beer. I think it would be best enjoyed on a hot day, (help counteract the intense hop flavor of the beer), with some Dungies, and a bonfire.

Recommend: Yes.  While IPA’s are not my style of beer to drink, I do understand that here in the PNW they are the #1 selling style of beer.  The IPA landscape is littered with IPA’s, and to be honest none of them really stand out to me.  This IPA is right in the mix with the others.  Nothing really stands up and yells, “Buy me”.  With, a person won’t be disappointed when purchasing this ale, they just won’t remember what they bought.

Cast-Out IPA

Beer Name: Cast Out India Pale Ale

Brewery: Crux, Bend, Oregon

Purchase Place: Red Apple Market, St. Helens, OR

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Ale or Lager: Ale

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 60

Color: Pastel yellow, with a very slight touch of orange

BJCP Ref: 21A. American IPA

Head Retention: Not bad, very typical for this style of ale

Aroma: Strong citrus, slight flowery

Strongest Flavor: Citrus, citrus, citrus

Finish: Smooth and very bitter.  Slight crisp at the tail end. Upon swallow, the hop aroma and bitterness attack the tongue with a decent amount of respect. They don’t assault the tongue and give me lemon face.

Temperature: 37*F

Likes: The color, texture, and head retention.  The color is very inviting and the texture on the tongue is very nice.  There is some good head retention several gulps into the review.

Dislikes: The aroma, flavor, and finish.  The aroma is very citrus strong, the flavor is very strong citrus with a slight hint of grain flavor, and the finish comes back and hits you in the throat to make you drool.

Environment: Hot day I can see this being very desirable, or at a BBQ, pool party, golfing. Pretty much any summer, early fall event. 

Recommend: While I am not an IPA drinker, I do drink them for my reviews.  I would recommend this to a person who is looking for an IPA on the lighter side of the IBU spectrum.  I will warn them about the aroma and flavor is very hop present, but wanes during swallowing, while it comes back and hits the tongue one last time.